Friday, June 27, 2014

El Paso County ranks 364th out of all counties nationally

Posted By on Fri, Jun 27, 2014 at 4:27 PM

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A post by Pueblo PULP tipped us off to a cool data set put together by the New York Times' new blog The Upshot. For each county in the country, it looked at the percentage of residents with a bachelor's degree, median household income, obesity, life expectancy, unemployment rate and disability rate. Each county was then cumulatively ranked.

It will come as no surprise to learn that the greatest cluster of counties doing the worst comes in the Appalachian Mountains, where the coal-mining industry has been annihilated, leaving the occasional chemical company and its occasional chemical spill as a replacement. On the other end, six of the 10 best performing counties come in the ring around Washington, D.C.

What is surprising is how closely southern Colorado resembles a poorly performing South. As PULP writes, "No where else in Colorado is as hard as the CF&I Holdings (Pueblo, Huerfano & Las Animas); Lower Arkansas Valley (Crowley, Otero, Bent & Prowers); and San Luis Valley (Saguache, Alamosa, Cornejos, Costilla, and Rio Grande)."

What follows is a quick comparison between El Paso, Pueblo and Teller counties. For reference, Douglas County ranked highest in the state — 13 out of 3,135 counties — where 55 percent of the population has a bachelor's degree yielding a median income of $101,108.

Overall rank
El Paso County: 364 of 3,135
Teller County: 211 of 3,135
Pueblo County: 1,880 of 3,135

Median income
El Paso County: $57,531
Teller County: $57,970
Pueblo County: $41,820

College education
El Paso County: 35.3 percent
Teller County: 30.6 percent
Pueblo County: 21 percent

El Paso County: 9.3 percent
Teller County: 8.1 percent
Pueblo County: 10.7 percent

El Paso County: 0.7 percent
Teller County: 0.6 percent
Pueblo County: 2.2 percent

Life expectancy
El Paso County: 79.6 years
Teller County: 80.1 years
Pueblo County: 76.9 years

El Paso County: 27 percent
Teller County: 24 percent
Pueblo County: 34 percent

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